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Habs ink Smolinski to one-year contract

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens


MONTREAL - Canadiens GM Bob Gainey announced Monday the signing of free agent forward Bryan Smolinski to a one-year contract (2007-08). As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

"Bryan Smolinski is an experienced centreman with good size who brings excellent two-way ability and face-off skills that will add versatility and depth to our club" said Gainey.

Smolinski, 35, played in his 14th NHL season in 2006-07, starting the season with the Chicago Blackhawks before being traded to the Vancouver Canucks on February 26, 2007. He participated in 82 games (62 with Chicago and 20 with Vancouver), recording a total of 44 points (18 goals, 26 assists) and 37 penalty minutes. He posted an average ice-time of 17:59 minutes per game.

Over the course of his career, Smolinski has also played with the Ottawa Senators (2003-2006), Los Angeles Kings (1999-2003), New York Islanders (1996-1999), Pittsburgh Penguins (1995-1996) and Boston Bruins (1993-1995).

A 6-foot-1, 208 lb centre, Smolinski, who hails from Toledo, Ohio, played college hockey with Michigan State University where he was named to the CCHA and NCAA First All-Star teams in 1992-93. The Boston Bruins' first selection (21st overall) in 1990, Smolinski has played 992 NHL career regular season games, recording 626 points (266 goals, 360 assists). He has also served 586 penalty minutes.

Smolinski has appeared in 111 playoff games, including 12 with the Canucks in 2006-07, earning 49 points (22 goals, 27 assists) and 58 penalty minutes.



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